ALCOHOLS IN SKINCARE: GOOD OR BAD?
We’ve all heard at one point or another to steer clear of any skincare products containing alcohol. They can dry out your skin, cause irritation, and lead to premature aging. However, not all alcohols are bad. Alcohol can exist in its pure form (ethanol), or by attaching itself to another compound. It is in the latter instance that you actually want to see the word alcohol on the back of your product listing.
Products containing the following alcohols should be avoided. They can dry your skin out or cause long-term damage. Products containing these alcohols quickly dry the oil from the skin, so when you are initially using these products, like acne solutions, you may notice a quick improvement in your skin’s condition. However, after long-term use, your skin problems will be back, and you will start to think the product is not working.
- ethyl alcohol
- denatured alcohol (alcohol denat.)
- SD alcohol
- cetearyl alcohol
- cetyl alcohol
- stearyl alcohol
|Wash & Buff and Cleanse & Shave are just two EVMAN products that use cetyl alcohol, an ingredient that moisturizes skin.|